Felicia Day has taken on a new producing role with her new YouTube channel.
"I didn't want to make mini-TV; I wanted to make web video that really is a vehicle for community building and for people taking something out of each of the shows and incorporating in their own life," Day tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Every single show has that in mind: that you don't just passively consume it. You are participating around the video with the community and in your own life."
"According to TNT Magazine, the woman got to know the pack at the Polar Zoo in Salangsdalen, Norway, which is the world’s northernmost zoo. After spending two years regularly seeing them, she returned following a two-month absence."
"As individuals they are writers and directors. As Tell No One they experiment with video cameras. Intended to be a peek into their experimental process, posting their on-going ideas, inspirations and processes."
"Last night at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, the wonderful Hubba Hubba Revue unveiled (hurr!) Jim Sweeney, Lara Miranda and friends’ How to Dance Goth – the first volume in HH’s Educational Film Dance Instruction series:"
True to the sagas of old, Viking women, in a true spirit of feminism, decide that they simply cannot live without their men who've been taken prisoner by some evil pelt-wearing dude from another fjord.
Hollywood director James Cameron has returned to the surface after plunging nearly 11km (seven miles) down to the deepest place in the ocean, the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific.
He made the solo descent in a submarine called Deepsea Challenger, taking over two hours to reach the bottom. He spent more than four hours exploring the ocean floor, before a speedy ascent back to the surface.
Lots of spoilers.* Though arguably the ending itself is what spoils the story.
* I realize this is inside baseball if you are not a gamer and/or don't work in the game industry but there are useful pointers here for what to avoid if you are interested in epic storytelling in any medium.
While the artist was working away on my most recent tattoo (left shoulder) I was texting away to my friends (right hand, "hey, I'm getting a tattoo"). This made me look hard as nails to the artist and her colleagues but the fact is needles don't bother me much.
Earlier this week, "Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat introduced Jenna-Louise Coleman as The Doctor's next companion, following the upcoming departure of Karen Gillan's Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill's Rory Williams during the seventh season later this year.
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.
China Miéville is teaching a course in Weird Fiction at the University of Warwick
I’ve been thinking about the traditional notion of the “sublime,” which was always (by Kant, Schopenhauer, et al) distinguished from the “Beautiful,” as containing a kind of horror at the immeasurable scale of it. I think what the Weird can do is question the arbitrary distinction between the Beautiful and the Sublime, and operate as a kind of Sublime Backwash, so that the numinous incomparable awesome slips back from “mountains” and “forests,” into the everyday. So…the Weird as radicalised quotidian Sublime.
A wooden skyscraper may seem like far-fetched idea to those who live in cities built from concrete and steel, but architect Michael Green has developed an innovative wooden tower for Vancouver that could spark a renaissance in using wood to build urban high-rise projects. If realized, Green’s Tallwood tower could be one of the greenest skyscrapers in the world – and at 30 stories, perhaps the tallest of its kind. Best of all, Green has documented his research and design specifications and generously published the results in an open source paper – a kind of instruction manual for building really tall wood buildings.
"The Faroese kvæði about the Norwegian king Olav Tryggvason. The dance is the traditional Faroese ringdance."
It's the strong sense of community that moves me here. The music, the rhythm, the closeness. A strong Viking people facing difficult winters in the far north supporting each other in a close community. This dance is a validation of that support. My ancestors were there. I wish I could be there too.
And as one would expect, given my intellectual predilections, there was no angelic being or robed dime-store Jesus to greet me as my near-death experience quickly progressed into what might be termed my death experience (DE). Instead, as my hallucinatory journey continued, I was greeted warmly by the predictable neural holograms of Tom Paine, Voltaire, and George Orwell, who all bore a striking resemblance to their paintings, or, in Orwell’s case, to the penetrating photo of him on the cover of my book Why Orwell Matters. Not for a moment did I believe they were “real.” Even so, Orwell, never one to tolerate cant of any kind, furthered my resolve: “This is all a delusion, my dear boy, but enjoy it while you can.”
“I wasn’t even properly debriefed. Nobody seemed to want to know.” The civil service had its own welcome. “Usually if you have been the victor in a major military event, there is some acclaim. Mine was 'a claim’ from the people who do the accounts, saying, 'We have been looking at your entertainment expenditure as admiral and observe that you haven’t spent anything over the last three months.
"So we have revised your allowance downwards and backdated it. You now owe us £600.’ That was my reward. I didn’t bother to say I had been entertaining the Argentinians.”
The important thing to understand about Monty Python is that it isn't comedy, it's documentary.
Artists at Google hosts creative and technical leaders from Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM. They discussed creative inspirations from the show, and some behind-the-scenes insights. Of course, it wouldn't be Cirque du Soleil without a little magic, so the talk also featured a performance.
And some outrageous outrage from the comments.
Totem, a sexualized, racist appropriation of the overly romantic view of the white man who massacred and oppressed the indigenous tribal people of their colonies. Make the Indian woman a sex object, scantily dressed, make the Indian man a homoerotic version. Put them on frigging rolling skates. I despised this production and found it highly offensive in their use of Native American culture, in order to sexualize rollerskating on a platform. Shame, shame, shame.
Seriously, they don't sound promising but the roller skates are awesome.
This is what I watched/listened to while starting preparations for a gallon of short mead for the second season premier of Game of Thrones. The documentary features Korpiklaani, Primordial, Finntroll, Ensiferum, Leaves' Eyes, Turisas, and Tyr. I post it because these interviews range beyond metal and pagan metal into issues of national culture, cultural survival, immigration, multiculturalism and unemployment from a white, working class perspective that is typically excluded from European public discourse.
In case none of that is of interest, I should point out the file kicks off with a racy promotional trailer for another Bill Zebub project (the latter being nsfw due to bare breasted metal babes).
An industry source that wishes to remain anonymous revealed the name of the new MMO to us, and confirmed that the game would take place a full millennium before The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Using the Elder Scrolls Wiki timeline as a guide, Elder Scrolls Online will likely take place during the “Second Era,” or several hundred years before any of the other Elder Scrolls games. This information was corroborated by two additional sources before publication.
Elder Scrolls Online will have three playable factions, according to the tipster. Not much is known about the factions, except each is represented by one of three animals: A lion, a dragon, and a bird of prey (either a phoenix or an eagle, we aren’t sure).
The Encyclopedia Britannica, in continuous print since it was first published in Edinburgh in 1768, is cutting its dead tree edition.
An online subscription costs around £45 ($70) per year and the company recently launched a set of apps ranging between £1.20 ($1.99) and £3 ($4.99) per month.
The company said it will keep selling print editions until the current stock of around 4,000 sets runs out.
Far less expensive, far more portable and subject to comparison with free, open source competitors. A tragedy!
On the minus side, I have a friend who used to have Britannica salesmen stop by and give their pitches as a form of entertainment (which turned out to be less than amusing for the poor Britannica reps). Now he'll have to find a new hobby.
Moebius defined the style of Metal Hurlant/Heavy Metal, a surreal, madcap, sometimes grotesque science fictional visual style that is often imitated but which Moebius himself produced to high spec and in such great amounts.
Let us pray in the nude and wear hooded robes in our cells. Also, if you happen to be a pagan prisoner.
Now one unnamed inmate at Frankland prison, a high security jail in Durham, has claimed that he is being ‘discriminated against’ because he is not allowed to pray wearing a ‘druid-style’ hooded robe in his cell.
In a letter to prisoners’ magazine Inside Time last week, he said some inmates were allowed to use scarves to cover their heads during prayer and that it ‘wasn’t fair’ that pagan prisoners were banned from wearing a hooded robe.
An introduction to the Black Metal scene of Bergen, Norway.
"There are so many of the sheep character who are drawn to it as fans. There are so many low lifes among the crowd; there are so many who are there for the music and nothing else . You don't perform Black Metal unless you are a warrior. Black Metal is a war against what everyone knows.
As long as nature is not allowed to rule by the law of nature, there will always be kings and there will always be slaves."
And idiot VICE journalists, as Gaahl proceeds to demonstrate.
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Edward : The link on the site for Questions or feedback is where you would file any type of complaint
Flea: The website clearly specifies email. You apparently do not have a web browser handly.
Flea: "Contact Us: Just e-mail, write or call us."
Edward : Yes I do I am sorry that the information is misleading but we do not have a customer service support email address available
Flea: In that case, I have something else to add to my letter to FedEx, including the fact your Customer Service is unaware your main Customer Service portal for Canada offers "e-mail" service but does not in fact do so. I take it you have no intention of alerting anyone to the problem.
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Forget all of the minor tweaks and incremental updates Apple has made to its third-generation tablet. The faster processor, the upgrade to 4G data, the improved camera--it's all housekeeping. It's the stuff it had to do. It's the stuff any manufacturer could have done. Now, increasing the iPad's screen resolution to 2,048x1,536 pixels that exceeds any current tablet or laptop--that's a move only Apple has the scale and industry muscle to pull off…
The question: Why doesn't the new iPad have a name?
The longer Apple execs talked about the tablet computer's new features -- better screen, faster connection -- without actually giving it a name, the more anxious the People of the Internet became.
Retina related: It's all very well to sing hosanna about the 3.1 million pixel display but I can't see it on my old school HD monitor.
Wang Shu has won the 2012 Pritzker prize for architecture, the first Chinese national to do so.
Yesterday, the Hyatt Foundation announced Wang Shu as the 2012 laureate for the Pritzker Prize. If you’re first thought reading this is “Wait, who?!” then you’re not alone. His work is fantastic, even if it’s unfamiliar to nearly everyone outside of architecture, and unfamiliar to a sizable number of architects, too. I’ve been reading reactions to the news of his selection, trying to gauge if other folks are as surprised as I am by his recognition. It’s surprising not because his work doesn’t deserve the recognition, but because the committee selected the architectural equivalent of “a band so cool you haven’t even heard of them yet.”
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Myth and Parable - Hidden Knowledge in Old Norse Myths
"In this video I am discussing comparative mythology using examples from the ancient Indian epos Mahabharata, the myth of Krishna and the Gopis, as well as ancient Mystery cult and the myth of Isis and Osiris as understood by Mystery initiates in the Classical age. These examples to throw light on how Old Norse myths ought to be read - as parables."
"The Mindscape of Alan Moore is a 2003 feature documentary which chronicles the life and work of Alan Moore, author of several acclaimed graphic novels, including From Hell, Watchmen and V for Vendetta."
"With further additions to the amphibious fleet, and a wide range of new equipment coming into service, the Royal Marines are as ready as ever to meet the nation's need for a flexible force that can poise at sea, and intervene in areas of trouble at an early stage."
Images at the link including HMS Dauntless' commissioning ceremony, above.
Measuring 50 feet across, the Hogwarts Castle model built for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has more than 2,500 fibre optic lights to simulate lantern torches and students passing through hallways.
'Everything to the right of the viaduct is in fact Durham Cathedral. But the profile has been changed so that there are tall, pointy spires so there’s plenty of theatrical exaggeration. It’s pretty extravagant, I have to say.'
That which is commonly, but untruly called virtue, I gave away. You reverend Mr Philanthropist—what call you virtue? Is it not the principle, the essence, which keeps watch and ward over the conduct, the substance, the materiality? No such principle ever kept watch and ward over me, and I repeat that I never lost that which I never had – my virtue.